As you can see from my image, my copy of Things to Make and Do is a bit battered and stained. Although this small book doesn’t have any many crafts in it as some do, I like it because it has projects in it that I haven’t found in most other craft/art books. Let me take a moment to tell you about this helpful book.
What do you get?
Produced by Scholastic Services, this almost 80 page book contains about 40 projects. These range in difficulty from easy (book marks) to hard (prickly vase). Well written instructions help the maker complete their projects well. Part of the author’s goal is to help the young makers design and create projects they may be able to sell. To that end she enclosed a small section at the close of the book to assist them in their endeavors (things to do).
The Nitty Gritty
Illustrator Ethel Gold provides simple drawings to guide the maker in their projects. Some of the projects look remarkably simple, but their complexity is see as you go through the steps to make them. The projects use items often readily found around the house, I didn’t run into anything I didn’t know what it was.
I have to admit, I did need to research what crafting wax is. I’d heard of it before but wasn’t sure what it looked like. Now I know more eh?
I mentioned a couple of the projects to my lad and he thought they sounded good to make. “That could be helpful mom” and “do you think something like that I could sell?” It’s good to raise an entrepreneurial lad you know?
This project made me think of how my mom likes to make cards. Designing them well for each person, the pride she takes in giving something personal to others. It’s cool to see and this project would be a good first step in helping a new generation learn the skill of card-making.
Things to Make and Do
Ethel Gold (illustrator)
Scholastic Book Services
80 pages, softcover
Crafts, Projects, Make it